A word from Cynthia |  Cynthia’s Blog

Cynthia Ward is the founder and CEO of True Colours Children’s Health Trust. Based in Hamilton, Cynthia, a nurse specialist, leads the True Colours team, working with children and young people with serious illness and their families to ensure their voices are heard. In her blog, Cynthia writes about the challenges these families face, the accomplishments of the charity, and the occasions when the courage of everyone involved really does shine through.

Every day is a new beginning…

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As we are now well into the New Year, I am reminded of the quote, “Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again”. How true that is! It has been [...]

Rainbows and Hope

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It has been a challenging start to the year for some of the families that the True Colours team supports. The sadness and grief that the death of a child brings into families lives are [...]

Xmas Greetings 2012

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Kia Ora Koutou, I know that for many of us we feel the end of the year has sneaked up on us and it is difficult to believe we are signing off with Christmas wishes [...]

The Wisdom of Learning from Others

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While on leave, I am taking the opportunity to attend the paediatric palliative care conference in Wales.  I am looking forward to hearing from the keynote speakers on the topic, 'Science, Meaning and Morality: the [...]

Parents the unseen heroes when caring for children with complex health needs

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I want to acknowledge and applaud Cliff Robinson who has lobbied and advocated for families to be recognised financially as they care for their adult children with complex health and disability needs. In the recent [...]

Building Resiliency in Children

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Stephen Parkinson (psychotherapist/music therapist) and I met with a small group of children and their parents this week in a music therapy session. As I watched the children engaging with the music and one little [...]